HiLux Vigo with a Front Towbar Attachment
Identifying The Towing Bracket for Chassis Cab Conversions.
Chassis cabs conversions provide a number of alternatives for the user and correct identification of the modifications done by the body builder on the particular chassis is important in selecting the appropriate towing bracket. Various bodies are put on top of the original chassis e.g. Drop Side, Tipper, Flat bed, Beaver Tail, Luton, Motorhome etc.
There can also be Under-run Bumpers, Light Bars, Tail Lifts, Cranes, Ramps etc. added to the end of the body further complicating the issue. The original chassis can also be shortened or extended to cater for the body length.
It is therefore important that correct measurements are taken to determine whether a stock towing bracket design will fit or if one will have to be specially designed. The sketch below will help you to get the correct measurements, however when the chassis has been shortened it can be difficult to decide which is original and which has been extended so look carefully!
Special design towbar for an ERF Tractor unit
used to tow a large display trailer
Detachable towbar designed for a custom made execcutive coach.
Custom made towbar designed for a wheelchair accessible Transit Minibus
Tippers need especial care as the rear end of the body must clear the towing bracket while it is being tipped. This usually means that the hitch is tucked underneath the body. You should also check that the tail gate can clear or preferably it should be hung from a top hinge. Tail Lift and Beaver tail conversion nearly always need a special design.